The reason he can afford to pay all those extra people is because he has a $7.4 million dollar surplus in the fire department fund and another $1 million in the ambulance fund. Mr. Kidd added 15 new full time employees with all associated state mandated perks and benefits that were not needed in mid 2011.Duh, do you think Mr Kidd should have a chat with his boss Wade, and Anspach, before making any so called cuts at any fire station? As in the DDN today, Wade says he was never was told about any cuts or closing. WTH, who is running the show here Kidd or the trustees? Now Mr Kidd says he will not lay off any firemen or close any fire houses. Duh, now from here on out can we really trust this man to tell us the truth? Just one more reason to VOTE NO AGAIN this November.
PS, If he is broke like he claims how is he paying all these 72 people.
Screaming CUTS to the fire department is another way of frightening the public while attempting to divert attention away from the fact that they are overstaffed for the volume of calls that require response.
Staffing levels that were put into place by the current levy began in 2005, the first year everything the 2001 levy promised was in place and servicing the community.
Fire Department calls are up but 5.4% from 2005 ( the first year all of the improvements from the current levy were first in place) to 2012.
Requests for Service
After they added 12 new full time firefighters and 3 new administrators with SAFER money
Did we really need to add those extra bodies to handle the same load we had been successfully handling since 2005?